ST. PETERSBURG: Egypt arrived in Russia with Mohamed Salah and some high expectations.
The team, playing at the World Cup for the first time since 1990, was sure it had the ability to grind out results, even with Salah still recovering from a shoulder injury. But after two matches, the Egyptians were eliminated.
“I always say that behind a player there must be a team,” Egypt coach Hector Cuper said after Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to host Russia. “I feel proud we had a team, but perhap
Those two losses combined with wins for both Russia and Uruguay over Saudi Arabia confirmed the team’s elimination despite one final Group A match on Monday.
Most of the expectation, and pretty much all of the hype, had been placed on the shoulders of the 26-year-old Salah, who scored 44 goals in 51 games for Liverpool and was named Premier League player of the year.
But he clearly lacked match fitness in his World Cup debut, only showing a few glimpses of the speed and marksma ..